Tehachapi, CA. Most people don’t know of it. Train buffs know of the place because of a loop. A small town that’s the sweet creamy filling between the cultural and climatic cattle pies known as Lancaster and Bakersfield. Or something like that.
The fact that there was a running and mountain bike race there this past weekend made for a good excuse to go visit my parents, which, I must admit is too infrequent. Life and all that, right? Samantha and I participated in the Move Your Tail Race last year and had fun and the race organizers with the Tehachapi MountainTrails Association do a good job putting this event on. It’s also provides a trip down memory lane as I get to race my bike on paths I rode on as a kid on my BMX.
The course itself isn’t long but it does present several tough climbs due to a combination of slope (+20%), loose soil, and cows (yep, cows!), as you’ll see below: